By Tracy E. Hopkins
For better and for worse, skin color is still a hot topic amongst African-Americans — especially when it comes to our female celebs. Â UPTOWN was reminded of just how volatile the light-skinned/dark-skinned issue remains after its May issue featuring talented actress Sanaa Lathan sparked a debate amongst readers and bloggers. Many complained that Sanaaâ€™s normal skin tone looks considerably lighter on the cover.
One Concrete Loop reader commented, â€œToo much Photoshopâ€¦Sanaa is a beautiful caramel complexionâ€¦not pasty!â€
Similar concerns were raised when Beyonceâ€™s skin tone appeared to be lightened in a 2008 ad for Lâ€™Oreal Parisâ€™ Feria hair color, as did Gabourey Sidibeâ€™s 2010 Elle cover. Â But are we as alarmed when the appearance of our female celebs is darkened?